The launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S4!

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The new Samsung Galaxy S4

The day has finally arrived in which the new Samsung Galaxy S4 is launched. I was waiting forever to watch the Samsung 4 Unpacked Livestream, but overslept. Apparently its 8pm in the US and around 7am here in Malaysia. I missed the live show so I had to watch the replay on YouTube.

Nevertheless, Samsung has once again surprised us with stunning features. They've implemented a new feature on its camera which can allow both front and back camera to be used at once. This feature allows the user to record a video using the back camera, and include him or herself in the video with the front camera. The front camera will then add a small box (which is editable with the given style) on the recorded screen. This feature will also be made available on regular photo taking and video calls.

Style and effect with the use of Dual Camera Feature.

The camera feature also includes a few new styles and effects (as usual). The camera is now much sharper and more saturated compared to its predecessor S3. It also features a "Sound & Shot" mode which records voices when taking photo. For example, you could take a group photo whilst saying "Happy Birthday John" and sent it to John. John will then receive the photo, but with added sound as well. Nifty feature there.

Samsung has also redesign the interface. No longer will there be a black bar at the top of the screen. Samsung has replaced it with a transparent bar both at the top (for battery, time and signal strength) and the bottom (call, phone book, apps etc).

The black bar on top is replaced with a transparent one. 

The S4 will also be able to detect touch-sensitiveness when the user is wearing gloves.

Specification wise, the processor features a 1.9GHz Quad-core processor or a 1.6GHz Octa-core processor depending on market. The back camera has 13 megapixels and the front has 2 megapixels. The screen comes in 5inch (4.99) Full HD Amoled (1920x1080 / 1080p) and a total of 441ppi. It also comes in Corning's Gorilla Glass 3. It weighs only 130 grams and is 7.9mm thick. It comes in 16/32/64gb internal storage with an expandable MicroSD card slot up to 64gb. Apparently it also comes with new sensors such as Temperature and Humidity. It also comes in 2 colors, Frost White and Misty Black.

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The phone features a lot more such as Air Gesture, Eye tracking, Smart Pause, S Translator, S voice, S health (able to count the number of calories burned by walking each day)

The comparison of sizes between S4 and S3!

Back of the S4, similar to S3.

Top bar available shortcuts.

Some of the information here was taken from CNET and some were from the Samsung Unpacked New York. I hereby announce that none of the photo here was taken by me or people I know, and have no intention of any Copyright infringement. I am merely trying to convey the message out. Credits to CNET and I personally take no credits of the photo.

A summary of the specs from CNET :

The Galaxy S4 (click to enlarge)Hardware:
Display: 5-inch, 1920 x 1080, with Gorilla Glass 3
Processor: 1.9 GHz quad-core processor OR 1.6 GHz Octa-Core processor (depending on the market)
Weight: 130 grams
Thickness: 7.9mm
Rear camera: 13 megapixels
Front camera: 2 megapixels
Storage: 16/32/64 GB internal, with a MicroSD slot for expansion
Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Sensors: Accelerometer, Barometer, Gesture, Geomagnetic, Gyro, NFC, Proximity, Temperature and Humidity, and RGB light.
Bluetooth: Version 4.0
Battery: 2,600 mAh

OS: Google Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Drama Shot: Turns a string of photos into a timelapse.
Dual View: This lets S4 owners use both the front and rear cameras at the same time, which can also be used during video calls.
Group Play: Lets people share media between one another without Wi-Fi. Also syncs up music playback between devices.
Story Album: Pulls together photos you've taken and can be turned into photo albums.
S Health: Uses the S4's onboard sensors to track and estimate personal fitness.
S Translator: Translates voice or text within certain applications, and works offline.
S Voice Drive: Takes voice commands while driving, and turns up the size of text. Works over Bluetooth with Bluetooth-enabled cars.
Samsung Optical Reader: Scans business cards and QR codes for text.
Samsung WatchON: Uses the built-in IR to control other electronics like TVs and set top boxes.
Smart Pause: Pauses video playback when it detects that you're not looking. The same technology works for scrolling up and down on a Web page, or e-mail.

Personally, I can't wait for the new S4 to arrive in Malaysia. I will definitely be getting my hands on one with my Pig. She wants White and I most probably will get Black. =D

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